We’ll party like it’s 2021 once the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has ended.
We’ll party like it’s 2021 once the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has ended.

Party to end all parties after COVID-19 is over

SOAPBOX: DON'T take Prince's advice and party like it's 1999. When we're finally let out into the world and off the leash once again, we'll be partying like it's 2021.

It's a dream that's still a while away yet.

But to reverse a biblical quote: "Where there's hope, there's life".

And I found myself hopeful and thankful last weekend that my birthday falls later in the year - possibly for the first time in my life.

Being a Virgo, I always hated waiting until September for my birthday. But then a brother-in-law was forced to postpone his 60th birthday bash from last Saturday night to a date unknown and it hit home.

It's not even a significant birthday for me this year but the thought of not being able to sit down at a table in a nice restaurant, have drinks with the neighbours and bearhug my children is hard to take.

Imagine it's over: the restrictions on social distancing and isolation have been lifted and the virus destroyed.

We can plan a trip to that corner of Australia or the world we've been meaning to see "one day".

We can dance in the street like VE or VP Day in World War II.

We can fill our trolleys to the brim, chat in the coffee aisle with our old school chum and there'll be no need for that extra toilet roll.

We can book out a hall and throw the biggest party the venue has ever seen.

That's something to look forward to.